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On our own behalf – The Beer Monopoly on the Forbes List „Best Booze Books of 2017“

We are speechless. Surprised. Humbled. Incredibly grateful. Our book The Beer Monopoly appears on this year`s Forbes List "Best Booze Books". No, no, it`s not the Forbes Rich List. Fat chance of us ever getting on to that one.
The list was compiled by Tara Nurin and can be found here >>


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Posted February 2020


Brazil – Coca-Cola Brasil seeks compensation from Heineken

Heineken has refuted a Brazilian newspaper report, which said that Coca-Cola Brasil had filed a lawsuit seeking to void Heineken’s 2017 acquisition of Brasil Kirin. This was reported by esmmagazine.com on 27 January 2020. The Brazilian newspaper Valor Economico said on 24 January 2020 that the filing in a Brazilian court accused the Dutch brewer of designing the acquisition contract for Brasil Kirin in such a way that it would break the distribution contract Heineken had with Coca-Cola. Read on


Vietnam – Clampdown on drink-driving could slash beer sales

Beer sales in January are estimated to have dropped by at least 25 percent, as the authorities have cracked down on driving under the influence. Analysts say the new measures could drive down beer sales this year by 5 percent. Since 1 January 2020, anyone caught driving under the influence of alcohol on a motorbike can be fined up to VND 8 million (USD 345) and banned for two years. Car and truck drivers face up to VND 40 million (USD 1,730) in fines and an immediate licence suspension. The law, which came after a number of high-profile accidents last year, sets the blood alcohol concentration for drivers at zero. Read on


USA – Lagunitas to axe 5 percent of jobs

Having shifted some of Lagunitas’ export production to The Netherlands and Brazil, the Petaluma-based brewer has said it is cutting “under 5 percent” of its workforce, as part of a restructuring strategy. Lagunitas is estimated to employ under 800 people these days. Founded in 1993, Lagunitas has been fully owned by Heineken since 2017. In an increasingly crowded craft beer market, in October 2018, it was already forced to lay off 12 percent of its employees, or about 100 workers. In the same year, it crossed the 1 million barrel (1.17 million hl) threshold in beer produced. Read on


USA – Molson Coors acquires Detroit brewer Atwater

There goes another one. Detroit’s Atwater brewery has sold itself to Tenth and Blake Beer Company, the US craft beer division of brewer Molson Coors, for an undisclosed sum, media reported on 22 January 2020. Atwater is the first US craft brewery that Tenth and Blake has purchased since 2016, when it bought three small producers – Georgia’s Terrapin Brewing, Texas’ Revolver Brewing and Oregon’s Hop Valley Brewing – in the span of a few weeks. Read on


USA – Mark Anthony Group to construct brewery in only seven months Driven by the phenomenal growth of its brands Mike’s Hard Lemonade and White Claw in 2019, the privately owned firm will invest USD 385 million in two breweries. The first to open in June 2020 is an USD 250 million plant in Glendale, Arizona. Mark Anthony Brands has selected Glendale, Arizona, as the location of its West Coast production facility, it was reported in January 2020. The maker of White Claw hard seltzer and Mike’s Hard Lemonade first revealed plans in the autumn of 2019 to spend USD 385 million towards the construction of two new production facilities, including a plant in New Jersey. Read on

South Africa – AB-InBev goes for solar energy

AB-InBev is installing solar panels at its South African breweries in a push to gain greater independence from the state-owned utility firm Eskom, which struggles with blackouts. According to the website moneyweb.co.za, AB-InBev plans to invest USD 1.2 billion in environmentally friendly energy sources across Africa. The solar panels in South Africa are just one part of the initiative. AB-InBev has set a global target of securing all of its purchased energy from renewable sources by 2025. Read on

 

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